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Monday 15 August 2016

Nutrition boost for sports courses

Southampton Solent is the first university in the country to have its nutrition units certified by the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

To reduce the growing obesity crisis, Public Heath England (PHE) called for fitness professionals to have a standard for nutritional training, alongside a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The PHE’s report, published in October 2015, evidenced competences developed by the AfN together with partners, including Solent University.

According to the AFN’s website: “This new framework underpins the standards required for upskilling the wider nutrition workforce, to ensure that workers are demonstrably competent and able to practise in accordance with defined standards of proficiency, conduct, ethics and training.”

Dr Ali Hill, Registered Nutritionist and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree

Explaining why they applied for certification, Dr Ali Hill, Registered Nutritionist and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree at the University says: “Embedding additional qualifications or standards into degrees to increase employability is very important to us and our students. Before the release of the framework and certification there weren’t any suitable standards we could use for this.

“This certification shows current and potential students that the University’s sports courses meet the standards of the framework and demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality nutrition education.”

To be awarded the certification, the University had to supply the AfN a breakdown of the nutrition units currently taught at Solent, showing how it meets each of the requirements of the framework.

The nutrition units are taught on the following courses:

“Fitness professionals are a fantastic resource for giving out healthy eating advice, which is invaluable in the current obesity crisis,” adds Dr Hill.

"By having nutrition competences we can reassure the public that the information they are being given is right.”

It’s not too late to apply for one of our sports course, find out more on Solent’s website www.solent.ac.uk/clearing